Advanced Criminal Law: Convicting the Innocent
Professor James R. Elkins College of Law
West Virginia University|Fall|2016|



Central Park Five

Five juvenile males—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise—were convicted for rape and served their sentences. Their convictions were vacated in 2002 when Matias Reyes, a convicted rapist and murderer serving a life sentence for other crimes, confessed to committing the crime and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement in the rape.


"The Central Park Five"
[120 mins.] [a film by Ken Burns, 2012] [Wikipedia]

Assigned Reading

Central Park Jogger Case

A Journey Through the Tangled Case of the Central Park Jogger
[Sydney H. Shanberg, Village Voice, November 19, 2002]

The Central Park Five, the Scottsboro Boys and the Myth of the Bestial Black Man [N. Jeremi Duru, Cardozo Law Review, 2004]

Web Resources

5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million [Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, June 19, 2014]

Suit in Jogger Case Settled, Questions Aren't
[Jim Dwyer, New York Times, June 24, 2014]


Miscarriage of Justice: Central Park 5
[14:18 mins.] Pt2 [14:17 mins.] Pt3 [13:45 mins.]

Why People Confess to Crimes They Didn't Commit
[3:04 mins.]

Top Ten Convictins That Were Overturned
[12: 40 mins.] [The Central Park Five case case begins at 10:37 mins.]

Central Park 5: Tentative $40 million settlement approved for wrongly convicted men [2:16 mins.]

Struggle by 'Central Park 5' ends in $40 million settlement
[7:33 mins.] [PBS Newshour]

Raymond Santana On Being Exonerated Of Charges & Lawsuit Against New York City [12:36 mins.]

The Innocence Project presents Raymond Santana
[54:25 mins.]

The Cases of Raymond Santana and Eric Wilson
[1:42:54 mins.] [Washington & Lee]

Kharey Wise & Raymond Santana on "The View"
[15:17 mins.]

Yusef Salaam Speaks Out on the Central Park Jogger Case
[5:46 mins.]

Yusef Salaam on His Case
[9:32 mins.]

Yusef Salaam Talks about the Case
[25:05 mins.]

Case Not Closed: The Story Of The Central Park 5
[9:23 mins.] Pt2 [6:59 mins.] Pt3 [10:07 mins.]

20 20 On ID--Central Park Jogger
[45:05 mins.]

Interview: Sarah Burns, author, The Untold Story of the Central Park Park Five [26:53 mins.] Pt2 [26:07 mins.]

Ken Burns & "The Central Park Five"
[18:24 mins.]

Ken Burns on the Central Park Five
[41:23 mins.] [Harvard Law School] Pt2 [35:54 mins.]

Town Hall Panel Discussion on the Ken Burns Documentary
[30:06 mins.]

The Central Park 5 Update: Compensation
[4:04 mins.]

Jonathan Moore: Lawyer on the Central Five Defense Team
[8:36 mins.] Moore talking with a reporter about his presentation [6:04 mins.]

Politics in the Central Part Five Case

Ann Coulter: Central Park Rape Case
[3:15 mins.]

Donald Trump in 1989 Central Park Five Interview
[3:12 mins.]

Trump Still Thinks 'Central Park Five' Are Guilty
[6:43 mins.] [MSNBC News]

Central Park Five's Yusef Salaam: Donald Trump Needs to Be Fired from Running for President [3:12 mins.] [Democracy Now]


Bringing Reliability Back In: False Confessions and Legal Safeguards in the Twenty-First Century [Richard A. Leo, Steven A. Drizin, Peter J. Neufeld, Bradley R. Hall, & Amy Vatner, Wisconsin Law Review, 2006]